Thursday, November 3, 2016
Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) established its second Arkansas section. Garver Aviation Electrical Leader Bart Gilbreath has been appointed to serve as the section’s first president.
The Fayetteville Section will work locally to support the IES's mission, which is "to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public."
Among his first duties as leader, Bart plans to establish bylaws and operating procedures for the section and focus on the organization’s growth at the local level. He also thinks it’s important for the chapter to get involved and attend regional and national meetings and leadership development conferences.
“For us to really succeed in the organization’s purpose, we’ve got to get as many professionals involved in things on a bigger scale,” Bart said. “I want to see more local designers, engineers, and firms submitting to illumination design awards, which will not only make them look good, but it will also showcase the owners and great community we’ve got in Northwest Arkansas.”
The section also named Garver Project Engineer Jared Parr the chair of Emerging Professionals, a position that will involve reaching out to high schools, universities, and new professionals to advocate IES involvement and IES section recruiting.